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New Half-Hour Magazine Show To Debut on Public Television Stations in January 2006

New Half-Hour Magazine Show To Debut on Public Television Stations in January 2006

New Public TV series aimed at the Boomer generation, BOOMERS! REDEFINING LIFE AFTER 50, will debut on PBS stations in January 2006

Duluth, GA (PRWEB) October 2, 2005

On January 1, 2006 the first Baby Boomers will turn 60, and celebrating that milestone are such familiar faces as George and Laura Bush, Bill Clinton, Cher, Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Sally Field, Connie Chung and Donald Trump.

Born between 1946 and 1964, the generation defined as Boomers is 76 million strong. They grew up in a hopeful, expansive time in America, but also during the menacing years of the Cold War. Raised on television and rock 'n' roll, they saw power pass to a new generation with the election of President Kennedy. They took to the streets to protest against the war in Vietnam, and in favor of civil rights and the women's movement. From Haight Ashbury to Woodstock, from Richard Daley's Chicago to the campus of Kent State, it was a generation hell-bent on questioning authority. And itÂ’s still a generation unwilling to accept the status quo, determined to find new and better ways to do everything, especially as they round the corner of 50 and 60.

As the first Boomers turn 60 in January 2006, a new public television series will join in the celebration. Boomers! Redefining Life After 50, airing on public television stations nationwide, will explore the issues, challenges and opportunities facing Boomers as they contemplate their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. A 13-part series of half-hour magazine style programs, Boomers! will examine this generation's innovative approach to work, family, health, love, finance, friendship, learning, travel and volunteerism.

Because of their sheer numbers, Boomers have always had a huge impact on American society. And they are about to do it again. Unwilling to slide quietly into later life, Boomers are already re-inventing the concept of aging in America. Boomers are, and plan to remain, at the forefront of American society -- in politics, culture, sports, finance and more. Boomers are vital, vibrant, and powerful and have no intention of slipping quietly away.

In the past, older Americans have often slowed down and withdrawn from the mainstream world of work and society as they aged. Not Boomers. Rather than retire, most plan to remain in the workforce or start a new business. Career change is a powerful theme with those in their 50s and 60s – Boomers have worked long and hard, and now hope to follow their passions into new, meaningful careers. Boomers are looking to re-invent themselves, figure out how to save and stretch their income, and are eager for advice and guidance on maintaining healthy lifestyles and satisfying relationships. Boomers! provides personal profiles and expert advice in all these areas and more.

Many Boomers are finding themselves in a time of transition. Millions are becoming empty nesters while others are coping with divorce and being single again. Many are still raising children and caring for elderly parents as well. Boomers! tells the stories of people going through life transitions, while providing practical guidance on how change can lead to a successful new chapter in life.

An affluent generation with a proven record for spending, Boomers are already being targeted by eager marketers with products to fit their energetic view of life after 50. Financial service companies, home builders, food producers, automobile makers and the travel industry are among those tapping into the Boomer zeitgeist. Boomers! investigates some of the new travel, leisure and housing options being marketed to this rapidly growing demographic.

Boomers! Redefining Life After 50 is hosted by a Boomer couple, former NBC correspondent Nancy Fernandez Mills, and her husband, Mark Mills, a seasoned broadcast financial journalist. As a certified yoga instructor and massage therapist, Nancy brings years of health expertise to the program. Mark, who holds a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation, has long experience in explaining the complexities of personal finance issues.

Boomers! is filmed in communities across the country. Each program has three feature stories, and shorter segments on health, personal finance, and lifestyle. Boomer trivia questions will be woven into the mix. While some episodes use graphics and music to invoke memories of the 50's and 60Â’s, Boomers! is forward-looking and substantive, exploring the central life concerns facing the Boomer generation. A companion web site will provide supplemental information for each program (http://www. boomerstv. com (http://www. boomerstv. com)).

With longer life spans, a penchant for blazing new trails, and a drive to be active participants in the 21st century, Boomers can look forward to decades of contributing to society and enjoying vigorous, fulfilling lives. If ever a generation can re-invent the way we think about getting older, the Woodstock generation is the one. We invite you to come along for the ride.

Boomers! Redefining Life After 50 is a production of Boomer Media Properties, Inc.

Program funding is provided by Fidelity Investments and Del Webb Corp., a division of Pulte Homes, Inc. The series is available to all public television stations in the U. S. via American Public Television.

About American Public Television

For 44 years, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of programming for the nation's public television stations. APT distributes more than 10,000 hours of programming including JFK: Breaking the News, Simply Ming, Globe Trekker, Rick Steves' Europe, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, Battlefield Britain, Jungle, America's Test Kitchen, Lidia's Family Table and classic movies. APT is known for identifying innovative programs and developing creative distribution techniques for producers. In four decades, it has established a tradition of providing public television stations nationwide with program choices that enable them to strengthen and customize their schedules. For more information about APT's programs and services visit APTonline. org.

About the Hosts

Nancy Fernandez Mills

Nancy is a writer, producer, and yoga teacher. She spent many years in broadcast journalism, including seven years as a national correspondent for NBC News. She won a national Emmy Award while at NBC and covered everything from White House Summits to the discovery of pirate treasure to America's Cup races.

Nancy became an entrepreneur when she co-founded Lifecycle Productions, an award winning healthcare education company focusing on life transitions. Lifecycle's videos were featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, on Oprah, and CNN. The programs won many awards and were distributed in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Nancy is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. She loves to swim, bike, and hike through the Berkshire Hills in Western Massachusetts with her family whenever possible. Nancy is on the board of the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts.

Mark Mills

Mark Mills has more than 30 years experience as a television and radio reporter, producer and manager. He most recently reported on business for WBUR radio in Boston and co-hosted This Week In Business on NECN cable news. For four years he hosted the daily Market Wrap program on WBIX radio in Boston. Before joining WBIX, Mark was business reporter for WCVB-TV, Channel 5, in Boston. Mills was also Executive Producer for Specials and the nightly magazine show Chronicle at WCVB. Prior to his years at Channel 5, Mills was assignment editor for the Ten OÂ’clock News on Boston's WGBH-TV.

In 2001, Mills was named Best Talk Show Host by Boston's Achievement In Radio Awards. During his tenure at Channel 5, Chronicle won the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award.

Mark Mills holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and makes frequent public appearances speaking on the financial markets and the economy. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Boomers! Redefining Life After 50

Episode Lineup

Meet The Boomers

In post World War II America the GI’s came home, the suburbs went up, the interstate highway system was rolled out… and lots of babies were born, 76-million between 1946 and 1964. From “duck and cover” to Howdy Doody, from rock ‘n roll to Vietnam, the opening program explores the shared experiences of Boomers. Life transitions are common among Boomers and several 50-somethings are profiled as they undergo major changes in their lives.

Healthy Lifestyles, Longer Lives

With advances in medical science and wide spread knowledge of the benefits of proper diet and exercise, many Boomers look forward to a “longevity bonus.” In this episode, we’ll meet Boomers who share their secrets for maintaining good health. Medical experts provide cutting edge advice on exercise, nutrition, yoga, relaxation, and staying socially active as part of a healthy regimen. Learn how to “Maintain Your Brain” in ways that experts sat may reduce the risk of dementia and how to “Shake Your Soul” in a mind/body path to well-being.

Sex, Love, and Relationships

Once the nest is empty, many boomer couples face new relationship challenges. Mid-life crises, menopause, divorce, medical problems and money woes can all impact relationships. Whether seeking love or working to preserve it, this program looks at the myriad ways in which Boomers find and experience intimacy including a couple of high school sweethearts who reunited in their 50s, a growing trend in the internet age.

Retirement Reconsidered

National surveys show that between 75 and 80% of Boomers say they plan to work beyond age 65. Today, “retirement” is not an event but a process, an evolving chapter that may include part-time work, starting a business, or a late-life career change to pursue a passion. Boomers! explores this new process of retirement. We’ll meet people going through it, get advice on how to succeed at it, and find out whether the world of work is ready for the revolution.

Pack Your Bags

The travel industry is already gearing up for Boomers who want to pack their vacations with action, adventure, and learning. Boomers have “wanderlust” but don’t look for them on a big bus with a tour guide. We’ll explore Switzerland with Untours, as well as Vocation Vacations, in which travelers get the chance to try out a new business like running a winery. Boomers! hits the road, hot on the trail of Boomers experiencing travel on their terms.

Welcome Home

A recent survey indicated more than half of Boomers plan to buy a new home in their “retirement” years. From specially designed active adult communities to co-housing arrangements with shared common space, Boomers will opt for and create living arrangements to fit their lifestyles and budgets. This program explores these new housing options as well as ideas for empty nesters and those interested in retiring to Mexico.

Be Your Own Boss

After years in the corporate world, many Boomer entrepreneurs are starting their own businesses and non-profit organizations; the episode will introduce us to some of these mid-life pioneers.

Fiscal Fitness

Planning for 25, 30 or more years in retirement is a daunting challenge. Never have so many people faced the prospect of financing such extended life spans as do todayÂ’s Boomers.

This episode of Boomers! combines a segment on Boomers on a budget with an informative piece on how to plan for retirement. We conclude with financial life planner George Kinder, who takes a Zen approach to money and life.

Friends Forever

Boomers are getting together for fun, support and a cause. In this segment we’ll meet some Boomer social groups including Divas Uncorked, a. k.a. “Sisters who Sip,” a group of African-American women who have parlayed their wine group into consulting to winemakers.

Leaving a Legacy

Boomers grew up as social activists. Are they ready to rekindle those roots as they approach later mid-life? WeÂ’ll meet a Boomer couple who have joined the Peace Corps and find out about Civic Ventures founder Mark Freedman, who wants to change national attitudes toward aging. WeÂ’ll also meet the founders of the Hestia Fund, a giving circle of Boomer women who run their own charity.

Self and Spirit

Boomers continue to look for spiritual growth and renewal in their lives. This episode shows how Boomers are searching for their “authentic selves” and meaning in their lives, including those finding or rediscovering more traditional religion.

Four Generations: A Family Affair

Longer life spans mean that more families now consist of four generations. This is a great blessing, but also presents many issues and challenges. This segment looks at coping with aging parents through the eyes of Boomer artists at an exhibit called “The Certain Journey,” a look at Boomer parents whose grown children have returned home, and a visit with another couple who are raising their grandchildren.

Living the Dream

Boomers! Redefining Life After 50 will conclude with profiles of Boomers who really are following their dreams -- the people who have decided that if they donÂ’t take that sailboat around the world now, they may never do it. It could be the banker whoÂ’s now a teacher, the stock broker who paints or the high tech consultant whoÂ’s becoming a chef.

These will be stories of Boomers on their own journeys, spiritual as well as literal. Turning 50 can be a time of awakening. After long careers and meeting decades of deadlines and responsibilities, people often step back and say, “OK. It’s my time. What do I want out of life? What have I passed up as I’ve pressed on?” This episode will be devoted to those who have found answers to the big questions, and are turning their dreams into reality. As Boomers contemplate the next chapter of their lives, as they redefine what it means to age in America, maybe the dreamers can offer the best lesson of all.

Boomers! Redefining Life After 50

You know youÂ’re a boomer ifÂ

-You inhaled.

-No matter how many Oscars he wins, youÂ’ll always think of Ron Howard as Opie.

-You still own albums.

-You can do the Temptation Walk and the Hustle.

-You went to a WorldÂ’s Fair as a kid.

-You had an afro.

-You have attended either a Be-in, a rap session, or an encounter group.

-You get excited when thereÂ’s a Columbo rerun on TV. 

-If youÂ’re a woman, you once owned a chain belt.

-If youÂ’re a man, you once had a Burt Reynolds mustache.

-You canÂ’t see the numbers on your cell phone.

-You miss Howard JohnsonÂ’s and WoolworthÂ’s.

-You read Love Story and PortnoyÂ’s Complaint.

-You learned how to type.

-YouÂ’ve seen Last Tango in Paris and Shampoo and Nashville.

-You still own a Rolodex.

-You had a TV with an antenna.

You can identify the following people/things:

-The Zapruder Film

-Squeaky Fromme

-Mark Spitz

-Sid and Nancy

-Stokely Carmichael

-Judy Carne

-Sasheen Littlefeather

-Flip Wilson

-Mary Quant

-Three Mile Island

-Angela Davis

-Paula Prentiss

-Peter Noone

-Daniel Ellsberg

-Anita Bryant

-Totie Fields

-Claus von Bulow

(P. S. If youÂ’re stumped, check out www. boomerstv. com)

BOOMER BIRTHDAYS – You’re not alone

1946

President George W. Bush

Bill Clinton

Cher

Donald Trump

Sally Field

1947

Dave Barry

Hillary Rodham Clinton

David Letterman

Carlos Santana

Stephen King

1948

Al Gore

Donna Karan

Prince Charles

Ozzy Osbourne

Clarence Thomas

1949

Richard Gere

Billy Joel

Meryl Streep

Bruce Springsteen

Wolfgang Puck

1950

Karl Rove

Stevie Wonder

Bill Murray

Morgan Fairchild

Jay Leno

1951

Sting

Kirstie Alley

Tony Danza

Al Franken

Rush Limbaugh

1952

Roseanne Barr

Bill Frist

Robin Williams

Amy Tan

Vladimir Putin

1953

Tony Blair

Tim Allen

Jim Jarmusch

Tony Shalhoub

Kim Basinger

1954

Oprah Winfrey

Jackie Chan

Jerry Seinfeld

Condoleeza Rice

Ron Howard

1955

Bill Gates

John Grisham

Whoopi Goldberg

Billy Bob Thornton

Reba McIntyre

1956

Kim Cattrall

Carrie Fisher

Mel Gibson

Nathan Lane

Paula Zahn

1957

Katie Couric

Matt Lauer

Spike Lee

Osama Bin Laden

Gloria Estefan

1958

Madonna

Tim Burton

Michael Jackson

Patricia Heaton

Prince

1959

Emma Thompson

Emeril Lagasse

Simon Cowell

Jonathan Franzen

Magic Johnson

1960

Bono

Sean Penn

Antonio Banderas

Ari Fleischer

Colin Firth

1961

George Clooney

Melissa Etheridge

James Gandolfini

Eddie Murphy

Bonnie Hunt

1962

Tom Cruise

Rosie OÂ’Donnell

Garth Brooks

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jim Carrey

1963

Brad Pitt

Vanessa Williams

Michael Jordan

Edie Falco

Johnny Depp

1964

Russell Crowe

Don Cheadle

Teri Hatcher

Jeff Bezos

Sandra Bullock

Press contact: Mary Lugo 770/623-8190.

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STEELMAN Software Solutions Inc. unveils online WebEx demonstrations to serve as learning aids for the steel industry

STEELMAN Software Solutions Inc. unveils online WebEx demonstrations to serve as learning aids for the steel industry

STEELMAN offers free online WebEx demos to serve as learning aids

(PRWEB) July 22, 2004

Starting August 2004, STEELMAN Software Solutions Inc. (SSSI), manufacturers of enterprise-wide software products for the steel industry, will be offering free WebEx demonstrations for steel industry executives.

These cost and time-efficient WebEx demos will be product focused, showcasing STEELMANÂ’s suite of products (Business Financials, Customer Service, Order Entry, Production) and how each integrates with existing best-of breed technology partners (ACCPAC, ORACLE). Specific topics will include how the STEELMAN product offerings can help service centers, steel manufacturers and processors, and metal related businesses achieve growth and prosperity in todayÂ’s marketplace.

"We understand that people do not have the time or resources to travel to seminars anymore," stated Daniel Brody, managing director at SSSI. "With that in mind, we are offering these complimentary educational tutorials that can be attended from the ease and comfort of your desk at your own time. Simply log on to the site, register and you are ready to go – it’s that simple! Weekly lunch e-meetings will begin shortly, so be sure to check our online calendar for times and dates."

The WebEx demonstrations are targeted at steel mill and service center business owners, IT managers, key decision-makers, and enterprises that want to learn how to increase sales and improve productivity. For further information about these complimentary demos, contact Daniel Brody at 416-495-6939 ext. 12, webex@esteelman. com or register online at www. esteelman. com.

STEELMAN Software Solutions are designed specifically to meet the needs of manufacturers/suppliers of metal products. STEELMANÂ’s suite of products includes Sales Order Control, Order Booking, Warehouse Management, Manufacturing Control, Claims Management, Quality Assurance, and Business Financials.

About STEELMAN Software Solutions Inc.

Originally developed in 1994 by experienced steel and systems professionals, STEELMAN Software Solutions Inc. is a Toronto-based software manufacturer specializing in the development and installation of enterprise-wide software solutions exclusively for suppliers and processors of steel and other metal products. Its strength comes from a proven understanding of the steel business gained from extensive steel industry consulting history, successful system implementations, key industry partnerships, and hands on management and sales experience.

Imbedded with the Oracle 10g infrastructure software, STEELMANÂ’s suite of products allow you to leverage your technology to increase profitability, stay ahead of the competition, and better understand your customers and marketplace. STEELMAN is an active member of the ACCPAC Business Partner program, Oracle Partner Network and Intermec Honors Partner program. For more information contact STEELMAN at 416-495-6939 or visit www. esteelman. com

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates.

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